This is a city not to be missed!
Cruises to Barcelona
Another great city to visit on a cruise, whether you are starting a cruise at Barcelona or visiting Barcelona for a day. Barcelona is easily explored on foot or with the help of buses or metro. A pocket-sized guidebook, which includes a map of all the main sights, is well worth the investment. An early start is recommended to make the most of your day in Barcelona.
In Barcelona cruise ships tend to dock either at the port and provide a shuttle bus to the World Trade Centre or dock directly there.
You can check out where Cruises to Barcelona dock and which cruise ships are in port today.
From the World Trade Centre there is easy access to Las Ramblas (10 mins walk) or to the nearby Maremagnum shopping centre at Port Vell where you can ride the cable car to the top of Montjuic for spectacular views of the city.
World Trade Centre is where the hop on hop off buses stop. There are several different types and routes, including City Sightseeing. Check out the different routes and costs (most cost about 24euro) to find which suits you best, either on the internet before you leave home or pick up a map at the Cruise Terminal when you arrive. These buses seem to be very busy in the morning, less so in the afternoon, but tickets are available for the full day so there is nothing to stop you from going round again later in the day.
If you are fairly fit and active you can get quite a long way in Barcelona either by foot or using public transport. The metro is easy to use, the nearest metro station is Drassanes (10 mins), although others can also be reached.
It depends on your budget and priorities but our recommendations for a day in Barcelona include:
A fascinating way to spend a few hours, with free admission. Rather an uphill walk from the metro (Lesseps or Vallcarca), however, and you will need to save some energy for walking around when you get there. If not feeling fit try a bus or taxi. Tourist buses also stop nearby.
One of Barcelona’s ‘must see’ attractions. Admission charge. Easily reached by metro or hop off a tourist bus.
Casa Batllo/La Pedrera
Casa Batllo is one of the houses designed by Gaudi and is a 45 mins walk from World Trade Centre. It’s a popular attraction with queues getting longer by late morning. Discounts are available for students (with id) and with a leaflet for the hop on hop off buses. Another Gaudi building, La Pedrera, is a further 10 mins walk with the same discounts available. The roof is amazing and has fine views. Toilets are available at both attractions. This area is relatively quiet if you want to find somewhere for lunch after your visit.
Montjuic and the Olympic Ring
This area can be reached in a variety of ways including:
· Cable car from the port
· Funicular from Paral-lel, part of the metro system and so covered by the price of a standard metro ticket
The 1992 Olympic Park is fascinating to walk around. The buildings are spectacular and free to look at. There is even a trail of Olympic footprints to follow.
Fantastic views of the city can be found from the steps of the National Art Museum. A nice route back to the boat is to walk down the steps past the Magic Fountain to Placa d’Espanya for the metro to Las Ramblas (Drassanes). If you made an early start up to Montjuic, Las Ramblas will be alive and busy with street entertainers by the time you return for a late lunch or afternoon tea.
Cruises to Barcelona can sound fairly exhausting, your main options would be to get yourself onto a shady seat on the top deck of a hop on hop off bus and just ignore the hop off bit…..it’s a great city for just driving around and admiring the views and architecture…..or find yourself a comfortable sunbed and, if you are docked in the right place, admire some spectacular views from the ship.